2006 Volume 68 Issue 2 Pages 183-185
To determine the duration of water movement from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) into venous blood by the infusion of 7.2% hypertonic saline solution (HSS), the sodium gradient between venous blood and CSF were examined. Venous sodium concentrations remained higher than that in CSF for duration of 60 min following HSS infusion. By 90 min, the CSF sodium concentration reached the equilibrium with venous sodium concentration. Those data suggests that the duration of time during which water moved from CSF into capillaries in brain by the gradient of sodium concentration was less than 90 min.